The Miles Davis Memorial Committee will unveil a sculpture of world-renowned jazz musician, Miles Davis, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on West Third Street in downtown Alton. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m.
ALTON — The Miles Davis Memorial Committee is planning a One-of-a-Kind Jazz Event in celebration of the unveiling of the sculpture of world-renowned jazz musician, Miles Davis.
The event will take place, rain or shine, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on West Third Street in downtown Alton. The street will be closed from Piasa Street to Belle Street and live jazz music featuring the Kasimu Taylor Quartet will set the mood for the evening.
The unveiling ceremony at 5:30 p.m. will include remarks from sculptor Preston Jackson and dignitaries will offer their perspective on this momentous addition to downtown Alton. Interesting historical facts and stories will be shared.
Food and drink specials will be offered throughout the evening at local establishments along with the following entertainment lineup.
• Outside Stage: Kasimu Taylor Quartet, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Bossanova: Jim Manley Trio, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Catdaddy’s: Dan Smith Duo, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Elijah P’s: Montez Coleman Quintet with special guest Bobby Shew, 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
• Chez Marilyn’s: Live Music (TBA), 9 p.m. to midnight
Thanks to the support and generous donations from the community, Alton will soon have the only publicly displayed sculpture of Miles Davis in this country. This event marks a successful fundraising campaign that made it possible to add this work of art to Alton’s historic downtown entertainment district. Everyone is invited to this free event.
For information, call the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.